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I know that the pilcrow ¶ must be used to cite a paragraph from a (standard/legal/normative) document organized in numbered paragraphs, and the section sign § when organized by numbered sections. I'm currently working with a document with the following format:

1 Section A [Akey]

1.1 Section AA [AAkey]

1 Paragraph 1 from section AA
2 Paragraph 2 from section AA

Depending on the context, I have to cite just the paragraph, or the whole reference (section ref + paragraph number). In the second case, what is the correct way of citing the paragraph:

  • Section lettered format: [AAkey]1, [AAkey]¶1, [AAkey] ¶ 1, ¶ [AAkey]1, etc?

  • Section numbered format: ¶1.1.1, §1.1¶1, § 1.1 ¶ 1.

  • And what if I have to cite more than one paragraph of a same section?, §1.1 ¶¶[1-2], ¶¶ [§1.1.1 - §1.1.2], etc?

Notice that I'm also worried about when, how and how many non-breaking spaces I have to write in these cases, because I find a bit like cumbersome to write more than one non-breaking spaces in some cases.

In the lettered case at least, I have also seen the [key]/paragraph syntax, without (non-breaking) spaces.

closed as off-topic by curiousdannii, Edwin Ashworth, Davo, Skooba, Scott Sep 29 '17 at 3:02

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    I'm voting to close this question because referencing is off-topic. – curiousdannii Sep 27 '17 at 13:27
  • @curiousdannii Before doing that and make the question lose visibility, which subexchange is the most appropiate to move that question to? I know academia.stackexchange.com, but my question is the use of certain symbols in English. – Peregring-lk Sep 27 '17 at 13:34
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    An English expert can tell you what you already know -- what the symbols stand for and that they're placed next to the section number. Unfortunately they can't tell you what form a citation should take or when one is necessary in your profession. You'll need a style or writer's guide that is specific to the task at hand. – MetaEd Sep 27 '17 at 17:51
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    I can say, as someone who often has to read the US code of federal regulations, it depends. You can often leave out levels of numbering when they are redundant. For example, section numbers restart at parts but not subparts. So Title 49, Part 172, Subpart B, Section 101, is referred to as 49 CFR §172.101, not 49 CFR §172(B).101. Paragraphs are given using parentheses. For example, §172.101, paragraph c, subparagraph 10, subparagraph F, subparagraph iii is §172.101(c)(10)(F)(iii). I have no idea how well this might apply to your situation. It's just one example. – MetaEd Sep 27 '17 at 18:19
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    This question does not appear to be about English language and usage within the scope defined in the help center. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 27 '17 at 22:18